|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 6g||8%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||19%|
|Total Carbohydrate 39g||14%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 34g|
|Vitamin C 5mg||26%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This easy spiced apple compote is sure to become a refrigerator mainstay. The delicious sauce is made in just 15 minutes and only takes a few ingredients. Use the flavorful compote at breakfast on oatmeal or pancakes, on your lunchtime turkey sandwich, or smother a serving of roast pork or pork chop at dinner. With a wide variety of sweet and savory applications, spiced apple compote is a winning fall staple.
Different apples will give you differing textures when cooked. Here we used a Bramley cooking apple, but any crisp, tasty apple will also work. A tart apple like Granny Smith works nicely with the sugar and spices. Avoid softer varieties as these may break up into a sauce rather than the firm chunks needed for a compote.
1 pound crisp cooking apples
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Gather the ingredients.
Peel, core, and roughly chop the apples into approximately 1/2-inch chunks. Add the chopped apples to a mixing bowl and sprinkle over the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Stir to make sure the apples are well coated and put to one side.
Add the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract to a saucepan and melt over medium heat. Raise the heat a little so the butter and sugar start to bubble slightly. Cook for 5 minutes to slightly caramelize the mixture. Keep a close eye on it and remove from the heat immediately if it starts to darken.
Add the spiced apples to the pan and stir well to make sure the apples are well coated with the butter and sugar. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the apples soften but do not break up. Depending on your type of apple, this could take more or less time, so watch them carefully. If you feel the compote is not thick enough, maybe a little runny, then cook gently to reduce some of the liquid but do not boil or rather than thicken, you will break down the apples into a mush.
Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool. Serve warm or cold. Pour the compote into a bowl or a jar for storage.
What Are Some Ways to Use Apple Compote?
You will only be limited by your imagination when it comes to the ways you can use a spicy apple compote:
How to Store and Freeze
- The compote will keep well in a screwtop jar in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- It can also be frozen in small batches and taken out the evening before you want to use it. Let thaw in the refrigerator.
Is Compote the Same As Apple Sauce?
The simple answer is no, it is not. If you overcook compote it will turn into a sauce, so avoid this as a compote should be chunky and thick with a lovely soft texture.